Diane E. Ascoli

Diane Ascoli 83, of 76 Angell Avenue Cranston, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday April 30th surrounded by family and friends. Diane was a loving wife, mother, and registered nurse.

Diane is survived by her husband of 63 years Joseph, her children Lisa Persson (Victor), Mary Anne Holland (John), Louis, Stephanie Tallo (Michael), Joseph (Kerran), and Christopher. She also leaves several grandchildren, Angela, Michael, Victor, Matthew, Alexander, Lily, Quinten, Camden, Maggie, and Mollie. Diane also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and other relatives.

Diane was born on July 22, 1935 in Everett, Massachusetts to Mildred (Travalini) and George Revelas. Diane and Joseph lived in Massachusetts until 1963 and have resided in Cranston ever since.

Diane graduated from Catherine Labouré School of Nursing and was valedictorian of her class. Diane maintained her RN status until the end of her life. A devout Catholic, Diane’s faith was extremely important to her and was the basis of her core beliefs that she applied to her life and to raising her family. Always generous with her time, Diane volunteered for many charities including food banks, St. Anthony House, Genesis School, Women of Rotary, Volunteers in Cranston Schools, Cranston Historical Society, McAuley House, Co-Workers of Mother Theresa, and other Catholic charities. Diane received many community accolades, including a Jefferson Award. Diane was an avid cook and baker, and professionally made numerous wedding and novelty cakes, and gingerbread villages.

Most important to Diane was family. When her children were younger, her kitchen was the hub of activity for the neighborhood kids. She would have her legendary banana bread, cookies, or cake ready every day after school and the kids would make their way to her house as the first pit stop before heading home. She was always ready to lend a hand to her children- helping with homework and school projects, and guiding them in their faith. Her grandchildren meant the world to her and spending time with them was her greatest joy.

Visitation will be held on Friday May 3rd from 4:0o-8:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to any charity, and/or volunteer at your favorite organization to continue Diane’s legacy of philanthropic service.

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Jeff OReilly - 05/01/2019

I am so very sorry for your loss. Much love and peace to you all.

John Eastman - 05/02/2019

Diane's gingerbread creations that she made each year around Christmas time for the Narragansett Electric Commercial Sales Department were legendary. They were raffled off and the money was donated to a worthy charity. What a true friend of humanity. My condolences to Joe and family.

Jim and Mary Walker - 05/02/2019

Uncle Joe and all our dear cousins and spouses, you know how much love we had for Auntie Diane--so many great memories of fun in your backyard and the camp for so many years--Auntie was a saint on earth and will be sorely missed. Prayers and love to all.
Mary and Jim

Stephen and Karen Revelas - 05/02/2019

Despite our infrequent visits back home, a trip to Cranston was always on the list. Every moment with Aunt Diane made our lives richer. Her gracious and caring example was something to behold. The family now fully reunited...I can only imagine what the group is up to right now! Blessings from afar - Steve, Karen, Rosemary and Lillian

Laurea & Don Thornton - 05/02/2019

Our heartfelt condolences to my SIL Lisa Persson and the entire Ascoli family. We pray you find comfort that her struggle is over and Diane is at home in heaven.

Victoria Uka - 05/03/2019

I was so sad to hear about Auntie Diane’s passing. She was an wonderful person and will be missed by everyone in our family.

James - 05/03/2019

My deepest sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort in Jehovah God’s promise to swallow up death forever and soon end all our suffering . (Rev. 21:3-5; Isa. 25:8) Peace to you during this difficult time.

David Paolella - 05/03/2019

My heartfelt condolences to the entire Ascoli family. As one of those neighborhood kids I can attest to the kindness and generosity granted every day of the year, and I always felt welcome at holidays and special occasions at the Ascoli house. I have many fond memories of Mrs. Ascoli, and if there is a banana bread bake-off in heaven, I know who will be holding the blue ribbon. Thoughts and prayers to the family today, I wish I could be there in person to celebrate her life with you.

Christine McDonough (O’Connor) - 05/03/2019

My deepest sympathy to the entire Ascoli family. Diane was a loving and generous woman to everyone she met.

Maureen, John, Christian and Sean - 05/03/2019

Thinking of you during this difficult time. Your mom was a wonderful person with such a lovely spirit.

Steve Gelfuso - 05/05/2019

So sorry Joe, hope you are doing well.

Denise Richardson - 05/05/2019

Our deepest sympathy to the entire Ascoli family. We have many fond memories living and growing up together on Angell Ave. We are so sorry for your loss.
Denise Richardson, Cheryl (Richardson) Haseltine, and Barbara Richardson

Donald Fox - 05/07/2019

My deepest sympathies to your entire family. I will always remember Mrs. Ascoli and all that she brings to my mind. I can still sense the wonderful smells that came forth from the family kitchen that she ran. Oh, the holidays. I know that the family is deep with such wonderful memories and hope that they hold and keep you during this time of sadness.

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